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Consultation on two new consumer credit policies

By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

Application of QOCS to defendants counterclaiming in personal injury

By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]

One rating assessment to be applied to neighbouring floors occupied by same business

By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

Austria adopts new environmental package

By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl  On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.

Blog – Childbirth and primary victim claims for mothers

By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]

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No5 Chambers barrister acts in inquest into death of prisoner

No5 Chambers barrister Ian Brownhill has acted in the inquest into the death of Edward Ham, a prisoner at HMP Oakwood. Brownhill was instructed on behalf of two of the family members.  Late in October 2012, Edward Ham, or Steve as he was known to his friends and family, went to healthcare at HMP Birmingham […]

Walker Morris advises on sale of bathstore

Corporate lawyers at Walker Morris, including Debbie Jackson and Rebecca Whitehouse, have advised on the sale of bathstore, a UK-based specialist bathroom retailer, as part of a management buy-out (MBO) led by its chief executive Gary Favell. Bathstore is a £115m business with 172 stores across the UK. This transaction provides an exit for Endless, […]

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Fieldfisher loses out, Ashurst, Simmons and Addleshaws ushered in as BP unveils UK panel

Ashurst, Simmons & Simmons and Addleshaw Goddard have won coveted first-time spots on BP’s UK panel, unveiled today (9 July) following a three-month review process. The panel has expanded its roster from eight firms to ten, reappointing all of its existing firms with the exemption of Fieldfisher, for a three year mandate with effect from […]

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Deals junkies scan horizon in hope

Are deals back? You might not think so from reading this week’s feature on public M&A fees. They’re down by 3 per cent compared with the same period last year, and 35 per cent compared with the previous six months. But statistics don’t tell you everything. Of course, deals never truly went away, and there […]

National Grid recognises DLA Piper for its property strategy implementation

DLA Piper has been recognised for its property strategy implementation by National Grid in its annual property awards, in a ceremony held on 2 July 2014. The award for Best Property Strategy Implementation is intended to recognise projects that have moved on significantly in the previous 12 months, with constraints being removed to prepare the […]

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